Our Spanish expert Phil Kitromilides has been encouraged by some of Valencia's recent performance and believes their luck will start to change in Malaga on Friday nightFriday night's offering in La Liga sees two teams badly in need of points meet at La Rosaleda. Having put in a couple of decent performances under new manager Juan Antonio Pizzi, Valencia suffered a massive blow last weekend by throwing away a lead at Celta Vigo to lose 2-1.
Malaga meanwhile, suffered an equally ignominious defeat 1-0 at Levante, to leave them nervously looking over their shoulders at the relegation zone which they are currently just four points above.
Paddy Power certainly believe there is not much to separate the two teams offering Malaga at 7/4 (2.75) and making Valencia the slight favourites at 6/4 (2.50). The draw is an 11/5 (3.20) shot.
Certainly if one had to pick between the two, then Valencia would be the side that inspires more confidence despite their setback in Galicia last weekend. Malaga have been generally uninspiring this season and while they can occasionally produced a win when needed, they are not a team that make you want to invest in them as a punter.
Sooner or later one feels, things will start turning Valencia's way, with the side certainly talented enough to elevate themselves from the eighth place in the table they currently occupy.
The form book does not necessarily suggest so, but backing Valencia in the "Draw no Bet" market at 10/11 (1.91) is a selection worth considering.
Against Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid in recent weeks, Los Che have shown that they are capable of competing with the best and playing some excellent football.
They need a win on Friday and have enough talent in their squad to overcome an insipid Malaga.
|Valencia "Draw No Bet" at 10/11 (1.83) 2.0pt stake with Paddy Power|
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Phil Kitromilides is a sports journalist and TV presenter in Madrid